Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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    A facility to train nurses for the growing healthcare industry in western Massachusetts is expanding.

PVTA buses at Union Station in Springfield
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   Public transit providers across Massachusetts are lobbying for more state aid. Without it, riders in many areas of the state will face cuts in bus service.

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        In the wake of the death of a Massachusetts police officer on Cape Cod last week there are calls for changing the state’s judicial system.  Those calls are being echoed by the mayor of Springfield, who has repeatedly called out judges he says are putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.

The Massachusetts State House
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      The Massachusetts House will begin debate next Monday on a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. 

City of Springfield

A planned $1 million marketing campaign to promote the city of Springfield, Massachusetts will be jumpstarted with taxpayers’ funds. 

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered flags across the state flown at half-staff after a police officer was shot dead Thursday on Cape Cod while serving a warrant.

WAMC

For the first time its more than 30-year history the Massachusetts state agency created to advocate for victims of crime has an office in western Massachusetts.

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Plans by UMass Amherst to acquire the campus of a soon-to-close small private college in eastern Massachusetts are drawing scrutiny. 

Springfield Fire Department

   Authorities have disclosed the cause of a fire last month in Springfield, Massachusetts that claimed the life of a father and two toddlers.

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     Hundreds of cops are staging a noisy rush hour protest at a busy intersection in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts after the city abruptly broke off contract talks. 

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A woman who said she fled persecution in Russia 15 years ago, and made a life for herself in the United States where she had three children, has taken refuge in a western Massachusetts church while she fights deportation.

A long-running labor dispute in a western Massachusetts city remains unsettled.

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   A woman who said she fled persecution in Russia has taken refuge in a western Massachusetts church while she fights deportation.

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  The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has approved an order directing the city not to interfere with places of worship providing sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.  The city’s mayor has declared Springfield is not a “sanctuary city.” 

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    Fares are going up later this year for passengers of the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts. 

Several organizations are sharing a 5-year, nearly $5 million grant from the USDA that will fund conservation projects in the four-state Connecticut River Watershed.

PVTA buses at Union Station in Springfield
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A vote is expected Monday on a fare hike and service cutbacks at the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.

The flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts is making a major expansion into greater Boston.

WAMC

    City officials have found no cause to evict an undocumented immigrant who is being sheltered by a church in Springfield, Massachusetts against the wishes of the city’s mayor. 

WAMC

When winter finally begins to loosen its grip, people in Springfield, Massachusetts can venture outside for a little recreation along the banks of the Connecticut River.

As the temperatures warm, the snow cover melts, and the days grow longer, the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway beckons.

Jeremy Wilson, who lives in downtown Springfield, says he comes to the river walk often.

The process of licensing pot shops in Massachusetts is off to a strong start.

Massachusetts State Police

        Security plans are in place for this month’s Boston Marathon, which comes five years after bombs were exploded at the finish line. 

WAMC

  The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is considering an order to block a crackdown against a church that is providing sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant.

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     One of the biggest hiring sprees in the history of western Massachusetts is underway. MGM has put out the help wanted sign at the $960 million casino resort that is scheduled to open in Springfield in September.

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       The largest mass hiring process in recent western Massachusetts history is underway.

   A fundraising campaign to support construction of a new public library in the largest city in western Massachusetts has received a major boost from one of the region’s largest employers.

   Massachusetts reaches a milestone today in the introduction of the legal marijuana industry to the state. 

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The Springfield City Council is attempting to block the crack down ordered by the mayor against a church sheltering an undocumented immigrant. 

        The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is threatening the tax-exempt status of a church because an undocumented immigrant is being sheltered there. 

   Big changes are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts beginning later this year.

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